7 unusual tips to amp your energy
See if you resonate with me on this one….having great energy is such a good marker for health and we all love how great it feels to feel so energized, the trouble is, when you’re feeling low on energy, you often don’t have the mental headspace or the oomph you need to do anything about it and make the changes you need to make. Does that sound familiar to you or do you know anyone that’s in this place right now?
I shared 10 tips to get more energy on my blog last year, in fact it was one of the first posts I did as it’s an area I get asked about most frequently from clients, but here are 7 more unusual tips that really resonate with me and that I practice daily as they’re so incredibly easy to incorporate.
Even if you feel like your energy is at an all time low right now, just pick one, and start there. You can incorporate more tips as your energy levels pick up and you feel inspired to do so, which will come, I promise!
1). DO WHAT YOU LOVE
Write a list of things you love that make you truly happy… and schedule at least one of those things into your day.
When life is busy, and going at a fast pace, it’s easy to become out of touch with what makes us feel good that also serve our health at the same time. So write a list of all of the things, moments and experiences that you know light you up and bring more of those moments into your life this year.
For me, it’s going to the gym and getting sweaty first thing in the morning (mad I know but I love every moment of it), or I love having a bubbly bath in the evening, filled with Epsom salts to send me off to the land of nod blissfully. I love sitting on the sofa with a cookbook, facemask and my paper tabs marking the recipes I’m going to make and experiment with the next week. What do you like doing?
I used to wait for weekends to cram in all the things I loved doing and when work got busy, I would put these things on hold, but now I have a more ‘live daily’ approach and I like to have a moment out of everyday where I do something for me and enjoy every second of it. Do more of what lights you up and you’ll inspire other people to do more of what makes them happy as well.
2). FILL YOUR BODY WITH NUTRITIOUS FOOD
Being told to not eat certain foods that don’t serve your health doesn’t work for most people. It can be a negative and too restrictive of an approach, so instead, focus on eating more… more real food! By default you’ll not only consume more nutrients – and it’s nutrients that keep us alive – but you’ll also eat less processed and packaged food, avoiding some of the ingredients they may contain that can take away from your health.
Real/ whole foods contain not only nutrients but enzymes, necessary for every chemical process in the body. Look at decreasing your reliance on packet or tinned foods and whenever you can, look at making alternatives yourself. Tomato sauces are surprisingly simple and delicious to make, as are salad dressings, and they’re far more nourishing than their store brought counterparts.
3). BE KIND TO STRANGERS AND PRACTICE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Have you ever been completely taken with a stranger, someone who radiates kindness and is so graceful in what they do and say? Be that person today.
A gorgeous rule to live by is always show more patience, kindness, grace and helpfulness than you think is necessary as it will come back 10 fold when you see the person’s reaction. You will stop someone in their tracks, make someone’s day and inspire them to do the same, creating a ripple effect of kindness that goes out to the world.
4). SETTING GOALS – FOCUS ON HEALTH, NOT ON WEIGHT
Far too often people set weight-related goals, which usually involve dropping a dress size or losing a certain number of kilos. While I praise the good intention, focusing on weight often means a focus on deprivation, requiring willpower. Often, this effort can’t be sustained and it leads to poor long-term results and a weaker relationship with food and one’s self-esteem, with an ‘I’ve failed’ attitude.
Instead, focus on a more health-specific result rather than a weight loss strategy, and weight loss will happen as a side effect of being healthy, not the other way around. Behave your way to health and practice the habits that healthy people do – more on this in another post.
For example, set goals around increased energy or feeling happier. That way, losing weight will be an added bonus rather than the driving force and you will make sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Plus you’ll be happier and healthier as a result – winning formula.
If there is one simple thing that you can do for your health each day it is to take 5 minutes to focus on your breath. I have had the most tremendous results with my clients who simply practice this one tip.
Diaphragmatic breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows our bodies to go into rest and repair mode – essential for immune function, digestion, restful sleep and a great mood – as it communicates to every cell in your body that you are safe. This part of our nervous system cannot be accessed with our thoughts, only via how we breathe, so it’s really important to allow your body to enter into this parasympathetic zone throughout the day, whether it be with scheduled breathing breaks or with a morning and pre-bed breathing ritual. It is amazing what our bodies can do with just a few minutes of calming, diaphragmatic breathing each day.
6). SPEND TIME IN NATURE
Nature can do amazing things for the soul making us feel nourished and restored. Everytime I go for a long walk in beautiful surroundings, I am reminded just how true this is. Obviously if you live in a City, like I do, this is more tricky to do, but walks by the river or across a common work just as well.
Explore parts of the world where the environment has been undisturbed by human hands or simply soak up the beauty of the nature around you in any given moment. It can be incredibly empowering and inspirational and can help us understand that we are never alone and are part of a collective.
7). LYMPHATIC GOODNESS – GET MOVING
Your lymphatic system is a major part of your body’s immune system. Unlike blood, lymph does not have a heart to pump it around the body, so a great way to support the optimal function of the lymphatic system is to get your body moving. One of the best things you can do when you get up first thing in the morning is to move. Try using a skipping rope or even better bounce on a rebounder or trampoline for 5 minutes.
This will help your elimination pathways and support your immunity. At the same time it will wake you up and have you feeling great from the inside out.
I have just got back into skipping and I LOVE it and I also have a little rebounder which goes under my bed. I’m sure my neighbours who live in the flat below me appreciate my morning bounce hugely 😉
What is your favourite tip and did any really resonate with you? Share your comments below.
All the healthy best,